Unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi came into existence after a decade, officers of MCD took over

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IAS officers – Ashwini Kumar and Gyanesh Bharti – on Sunday took charge as the Special Officer and Commissioner of the Integrated Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) respectively.

New Delhi:

IAS officers – Ashwini Kumar and Gyanesh Bharti – on Sunday took charge as the Special Officer and Commissioner of the Integrated Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) respectively. Thus the Integrated Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) formally came into existence. In the year 2012, during the tenure of the then Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, the MCD was divided into three parts. Now it has become one again by merging three municipal bodies- Northern, Southern and Eastern Municipal Corporations.

With the taking over of the special officer and the new commissioner, the exercise of reshuffle and restructuring of the employees of the municipal corporation will start. Corporation officials said that the special officer will be the top official to handle the affairs of the corporation till the new House is elected. He said that providing best civic amenities to the public and improving sanitation services would be his top priorities.

Kumar told PTI-Bhasha, “Sanitation is a basic and essential function of any municipal body and its impact is always clearly visible on the ground. So my priority will be to further improve the sanitation services in the city.” Kumar, a 1992 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre, was the Puducherry’s chief secretary. He was recently transferred to Delhi by the central government and he was waiting for his new posting.

He took over as the Special Officer at the MCD Headquarters ‘Civic Center’ on Sunday. At the same time, Bharti is a 1998 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre and is currently the Commissioner of South Delhi Municipal Corporation. He was the senior most among the three municipal commissioners of Delhi. Soon after taking charge, Bharti issued an order stating that the Central Establishment Department of the erstwhile SDMC would act as the nodal department for transfer and posting of officers and staff for the integrated MCD.

Bharti said, “My priority will be to provide the best services of the Municipal Corporation to the people of Delhi in a transparent manner.” merger will take place. A bill to unite the three municipal bodies was approved by the Lok Sabha on 30 March and the Rajya Sabha on 5 April. The bill became an Act after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent on 18 April.

The Act seeks to reduce the ward number in the national capital from the existing 272 to 250, which means the MCD will have to go through the exercise of delimitation before the elections. The Center will constitute a Delimitation Commission for ward demarcation.
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